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Former NFL Linebacker Keith Mitchell Is Leading A Yoga Event On Capitol Hill

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.09.2015 | Sports

When former NFL linebacker Keith Mitchell found himself suffering after a routine tackle left him with a debilitating spinal contusion, he turned to y...

On Finding a New Normal With a Brain Injury

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Just two weeks after her wedding, Nicole was in a serious motor vehicle crash. Even though she walked away from her totaled vehicle with almost no vi...

Make It Happen for Women Affected By Torture and War

Curt Goering | Posted 03.06.2015 | Impact
Curt Goering

Make It Happen, the theme for 2015's International Women's Day, is an aspirational call to act. The message going out from organizations and government groups around the world is to take steps to advance women's rights and celebrate women's achievements.

'Prison Legal News' vs. the State of Florida: A Battle Against Censorship

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.03.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The State of Florida wishes to suppress a long-respected voice of dissent and social justice by targeting arguably "dangerous" content in the advertisements. By prohibiting the advertisement of lawful endeavors everyone should take pause and ask: what are they afraid of?

Actors Help Inmates Develop Empathy

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

In some small corners of the Californian correctional system something remarkable is happening. A team of actors is helping the toughest and most violent of men learn to be vulnerable.

Welcoming the Mentally Ill Back Into Our Community

Allen Frances | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Mental illness often interferes with a person's easy and spontaneous participation in a social unit. A therapeutic community heals hurts and teaches new social skills. It takes a community to help a patient. Virgil Stucker has been living with and for the severely mentally ill all his adult life. Perhaps better than anyone, he can tell us what works.

Rescuing Bambi and the Great Pit Bull Bias

Carly Loman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Carly Loman

About a month ago, I adopted a dog. Now -- a month later -- I'm still rescuing that dog. Bambi, my beautiful two-year-old pup, is a Pit Bull mix. I was ready for the wide array of problems new rescues often have. What I was not expecting, and what I was not ready for, was The Great Pit Bull Bias.

Georgia's GOP Governor Gives Inaugural Address Worthy of a Democrat

John A. Tures | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

On a rainy day in Atlanta, Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal and the audience had to move indoors from the Liberty Plaza to the State Capitol. One would think he also moved political parties, giving an Inaugural Address that a Democrat could have just as easily delivered.

There's No Back Pain Surgery Can't Make Worse

Allen Frances | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

Lots of elective surgery is probably unnecessary, and back operations are the most notorious example.

10 Years on, What the Tsunami Taught Me

BRAC | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
BRAC

10 years on, let's take a moment to remember lives lost, and fundamentally changed in an instant. And let's pause to reflect and wonder at the resilience and hope within all of us. Today, almost anywhere on Sri Lanka's coastline, you would hardly know the magnitude of horrors endured there.

America's Prisons: A Road to Nowhere

OpedSpace | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
OpedSpace

Inmate education seems like a controversial issue. Cast in economic rather than moral terms, however, there is plenty of common ground. The question is not whether inmates "deserve" to learn like the rest of us, but whether we all benefit if they do. According to every available measure, the answer is yes.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 01.19.2015 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Living (and Almost Dying) on the Edge

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

Markus had everything going for him. He could write his own ticket for the future, anything that he wanted. At 25, a world of possibilities awaited him. But all that was before the accident...

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

How Has Obamacare Impacted Substance Abuse Treatment?

Anna David | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Anna David

On paper, it sounded so good: all insurance companies had to provide substance abuse treatment and there would be no more discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions. What could go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot.

Why Recognizing Addiction Recovery Month Matters

Richard Taite | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

Recovery Month spreads the message that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive quality treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.

This Is What Rehab and Recovery Is Really Like

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 10.04.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

I still have days where I want to just punch a wall and have a fit because I'm different than most people my age. But for every one of those days, there are 99 happy, thankful days. I love myself again. I'm pushing myself, accomplishing things I wouldn't have done if I were still drinking.

Overcoming The Worst Moment With Words

Jackson Taylor | Posted 09.27.2014 | TED Weekends
Jackson Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWarehousing and silencing any segment of a population is a fear-based practice, and, in order for democracy to function, we believe it is important to hear from every segment of the population, even those disenfranchised by crime.

The Power Of Second Chances

Timothy P. Silard | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Timothy P. Silard

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOur "incarceration only" approach to public safety has left us with bloated prisons and jails, wasted tax dollars and sky-high recidivism rates (more than half of those behind bars end up back in prison within three years after they are released).

Redemption And The War On Drugs

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Heather Ann Thompson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt seems not to matter that, like so many veterans of other ugly wars, the young people who experienced the brutal Drug War had only become soldiers in the first place because of a "poverty draft." It also seems irrelevant to most that the longer these young conscripts to the Drug War lived with its brutality, the more violent they themselves became.

Not The End Of The Story: Building Empathy In Pursuit Of A Culture Of Health

Tara Oakman | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
Tara Oakman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpg"Doctors pulled the bullets out, patched me up and sent me back to the same neighborhood where I was shot. No one hugged me. No one counseled me. No one told me that I would be okay." If that emergency room treating Senghur had been trauma-informed, could he have been provided with the attention he may have needed and not have perpetuated the cycle of violence by eventually killing another man?

WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | Posted 09.24.2014 | TED Weekends
TEDTalks

Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.

Bonaire: Fantasy Island, For Real!

Victor Dorff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Travel
Victor Dorff

For most visitors, a trip to the Caribbean island of Bonaire is all about the diving, but the culture Bonaire is building - both in and out of the water - deserves some attention, too.